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The fiercest derby of the season is upon us. What once was considered a sure fire home win for the Red Devils is now arguably one of their toughest matches of the season. Will United put City in their place, or will City let them know there’s a new kid in town?
Both Manchester United and Manchester City were in action on Tuesday in the Champions League, United beating Romanian outfit Otelul Galati 2-0 in an ill tempered game in which Nemanja Vidic was sent off, and City seeing off Villareal 2-1 thanks to a last gasp winner from fit again Sergio Aguero.
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How do we separate the teams now. This is the important question. Manchester City are now looking like a very threatening team that are gelling well as a unit. Many thought it would take much longer for them to settle, but the quality on show is there for all to see.
Manchester United have always had these qualities, although Sir Alex does have to work harder tactically these days. Although United are full of quality, they are not the marauding force that they were 10 years ago.
Manchester United Evens
Manchester City 13/5
Manchester have won all 4 of their home games this season, beating Tottenham 3-0,Arsenal 8-2 and Chelsea 3-1, followed by a 2-0 win against Norwich. Of all their home games they actually appeared to struggle most in beating Norwich, not taking their chances and giving Norwich numerous chances which they just didn’t take.
Manchester United have no major injury concerns, although Fabio picked up a knock on Tuesday against Otelul Galati.
Manchester United rested a few players in preparation for this huge game, so fitness shouldn’t be a problem.
Manchester City currently sit in top position in the Premier league, two points clear of bitter rivals United. City have only dropped 2 points so far this season, drawing 2-2 with Fulham at Craven Cottage after being 2-0 up. City are truly a force to be reckoned with this season and must be considered as live title contenders. Convincing away wins against Tottenham (5-1) and Blackburn (4-0) show that City do not sit back away from home.
Having a completely injury free squad, Roberto Mancini has a huge range of talent to pick from. Sergio Aguero looks certain to start, after coming off the bench and scoring in Tuesday’s win against Villareal.
Betting on the match winner is a bit of a lottery. All three outcomes are a distinct possibility. One thing the match may be tough is tight. A large percentage of this fixture will depend on players frame of mind. It is both teams most competitive match of the season, and this can cause havoc on a players mentality.
Bets worth considering in this match are based on the game being tight to start off with. The draw at half time looks tempting, which is 6/5with Skybet.
Another worth mentioning is on the anytime scorer market. These games are often dominated by the big time players and David Silva to score at anytime looks good at 9/2 with Skybet to score at any time. Wayne Rooney is also worth a look at 11/8 withbet.
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